This summer Manchester United have been searching for a new midfield maestro in the wake of Paul Scholes’ retirement. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Luka Modric and Cesc Fabregas have all been linked (although in my mind none of them hold a torch to the great Scholesy) but so was Thiago Alcantara.
Now whether you believe that Manchester United were after the Spanish international or not this summer is irrelevant - the fact is, if they really wanted him, they could have got him.
For a good price as well, despite reports of an even better potential valuation of €18 million he did in fact cost Bayern Munich a grand total of €25 million when he was signed from Barcelona on the 14th July.
With that was supposed to be the start of a new era for Thiago, an era as a regular starter, an era where he stepped out of his father Mazinho’s shadow, an era when he became one of European footballs top midfield players.
But that era has had a rather dreary start.
Thiago arrived at Bayern with some minor niggling injuries - but he did feature in the German Super Cup.
To date however that remains the only game in which he has played 90 minutes for his new side - and it looks as if that will remain the fact until at least October.
That game was not a success - Bayern were humbled by their great rivals Borussia Dortmund in a 4-2 defeat.
Yesterday, Thiago started his first game for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga - making his home debut in front of 71,000 fans at the Allianz Arena for the Bavarian derby against FC Nurnberg.
But his time on the pitch lasted just over an hour.
He was substituted for Thomas Muller in the second half of the game, suffering from a nasty looking ankle injury.
Now the worst has been confirmed, Thiago has torn his ankle ligaments.
Current estimates suggest he will be out of action for at least seven weeks with the ailment. It is not the first time he has suffered serious ligament damage in his career either - knee problems have always hindered his progress in Catalonia - and now it is his ankle that threatens to do the same at Bayern.
image: © castroquini2011